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Department of Biotechnology

M/o Science & Technology

Govt. of India

New Delhi





UNESCO Regional Centre for
Biotechnology Training & Education,
Faridabad,
India



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Preamble:


Regional Centre for Biotechnology Training & Education under the auspices of
UNESCO at Faridabad, Haryana,

India

will be

an autonomus institution fully funded by the
Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
, Governmen
t of India.





The proposed Centre shall be a Category II Centre in terms of “Principles and Guidelines
for the Establishment and Functioning of UNESCO Institutes and Centres”.




The emphasis is to support
disciplinary &
interdisciplinary education, tra
ining and
research in biotechnology in order to produce skilled human resource to drive innovative
research and development in the important gap areas.




As biotechnology sector is of global significance, the Centre would encourage global
partnerships an
d co
-
operations
.




Partnership with UNESCO would expand the opportunities to create world class
education, training, research and will also facilitate global connectivity while preserving the
regional & national focus of the institution.



Mission:

The

Mission of the UNESCO Center is to create physical infrastructure in critical platform
technologies and use it to support
disciplinary

&
interdisciplinary education, training and
research in biotechnology.



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Vision:

To produce human resource tailored to
drive innovation in biotechnology, particularly in areas
of new opportunity and to fill talent gap in deficient areas.



Objectives:

(a)

To produce human resource through education and training in a milieu of research and
development for application of bio
technology for sustainable development towards building a
strong biotech industry through regional and international co
-
operation.


(b)

To establish desired infrastructure and Technology Platforms to support
the

activities

of
the centre.



(c)

To establi
sh a Technology Policy Development and Information Dissemination unit.


(d)

To develop research programmes of a global quality through international partnerships
to sustain world class education and training programmes.


(e)

To enable periodic experimenta
tion in design and implementation of biotechnology
education and training and to be a source of new concepts and programmes,
this can be
assimilated by existing universities in India and the Region.



(f)

To create a hub of biotechnology expertise in South

Asian Association of Regional Co

operation (SAARC) region, and more generally in the Asian region and to address human
resource needs.



(g)

Promotion and strengthening of South
-
South & South
-
North co
-
operations around issues
relevant to biotech education
, training, innovation, commercialization and trade.



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(h)

Promotion of a networ
k of satellite centers in the
region.


Focus:

The primary focus of the Centre is to provide high quality human resource in disciplinary and
interdisciplinary areas.


The Centr
e would provide outstanding disciplinary/interdisciplinary short term training
programmes which will include Science & Technology training for physicians, biologists and
engineers by networking through local hospitals/ medical & engineering schools etc.



In addition, short term training programmes in platform technologies will be conducted for
skill development in existing personnel.


Specialized domain specific programmes will also be created in new emerging areas.



The Centre will offer specialized m
aster’s degree courses, unique Ph.D. programmes, domain
specific training programmes, high quality research and development in the specific areas.


The Centre will have a centralized Science & Technology platform and Technology
Management & Enterprise Dev
elopment Unit.


India is poised to be the hub for biotechnology in the coming decade; therefore the Centre
would provide a window for showcasing Indian competence in global market for economic
gains. Policy harmonization on trade and regulation will als
o be facilitated as a part of this
effort.




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P
rogrammes
Details:

1.

As Education
al

Hub
:




(a) Special Master’s Degree courses:

The Centre will offer special Master’s Degree courses of
two years

duration in
the following
areas
:




Biosciences,



Bioengineering
,



Drug Discovery Science,



Translational and Clinical Health Science,



Molecular Crop Breeding,



Regulatory Affairs,



Biomedical Quality Systems and Product Development,



Infectious Disease Biology,



Bioinformatics etc.


It

will also help to enrich the exis
ting Master’s in Biotechnology programmes and cater to the
needs of the Asian region and members countries.


(b) Unique PhD Programmes:


The Centre will offer unique
M. Tech.
-
PhD

programme in
Biomedical

engineering,


Integrated
M.Sc
-
PhD

programme in
Medi
cal

bioscience and drug discovery,


PhD

in



Molecular

Crop B
iotechnology,



Nano
-
biology,



Synthetic

B
iology related to
H
ealth,
Plants and Energy


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Interdisciplinary PhD programme
(on

the lines of MIT Harvard HST programme)
.


The Ph
.
D
.

programmes of the UNESCO

Center will be open to Indians as well as students from the
member countries and
Asian region. A few fellowships will be available to students opting for these
programmes on a competitive basis.


The students will have access to:




Disciplinary &

Interdisc
iplinary
,

T
ech
Strong &

Industry Linked E
nvironment




Expertise of Research Centers of Excellence: Institutional, Regional & Global




Multicultural &

Global E
nvironment




Learning
Skills of I
nt
ernational S
tandard




Overseas M
entors


2.

Training Programmes:

(a)

The training
programme

will be unique to the Centre with the goal to arrange/organize
personalized or user
-
friendly opportunities for career development. Structured training courses for
physicians and engineers (intending to enter biology), science man
agers and industry personnel in
specific areas where they require skill enhancement will have emphasis.


(b)

The Centre’s Technology Incubator & Business Development Unit will be open to
industry for enhancing their skills in specific areas through struct
ured training courses for
career opportunities/ advancements in the areas like
:



IPR,



Technology Transfer,



Bio
-
enterprise/ Management in Biotechnology,



Platform Technologies,



Regulatory Procedures,


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Biosafety,



Bioethics,



Process Development and Up
-
scali
ng,



Preclinical Toxicity and Clinical Trials,



Good Manufacturing Practices & Good Laboratory Practices,



Biostatistics,



Epidemiology etc.


(c)

Specialized Domain Specific Training P
rogrammes will also be designed for people from
basic sciences
in
:



Nanote
chnology,



Implants and Devices,



Vaccine Development
,




Stem C
ell

B
iology

etc.


3.

Research:

The research emphasis will be in the areas like
:




Nano
-
biology
,



Regenerative

M
edicine and
Tissue E
ngineering,



Clinical

P
harmacology and
P
harmacogenomics,



Molecula
r

Metabolism and N
utrition,



Bone

&
C
artilage
B
iology,



High

Throughput C
linical
G
enomics,



Diabetes
,



Infection

S
cience
Microbiology & V
accinology,



Molecular

D
iagnostics,



Crop

B
reeding etc.



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Post
-
doctoral Programmes:




Re
-
entry Grant to T
alented
S
cientists

working abroad.




Young Investigator A
wards to work for 3
-
5yrs after PhD




PROGRAMMES AND SUB
-
PROGRAMMES AT UNESCO CENTR
E


Programmes:




Biological Sciences






Sub
-
programmes
:



Immunology



Molecular biology



Molecular biophysics



Structural biology



Molecular

Cell biology



Bioinformatics



Bio
-
organic Chemistry




Pharmaceutical Biotechnology



Bioengineering & Material Science



Industrial Biotechnology




Molecular Crop breeding



Molecular Medicine


I (
Infectious diseases)



Molecular Medicine


II

(chronic diseases)



Applied health science Division



GMP Units



Vaccine production



Cell and tissue based therapies

etc.


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The research carried out at the Centre will be supported by various programmes

and
collaborations at the national and global levels like
Translational Health Science and
Technology Institute
,
Autonomus Research & Development Institutions
, Indian
Institutes of
Technology (IITs),

Medical Schools
,
Biotechnology Centres
at regional and
international level
etc. as per the guidelines to be formulated by the Board of Governors. It will consider
supporting Research Resource Units

(RRU’s)

and Centre for Excellence (CoE)
with Indian or
Regional institutes in strategic areas where partnership i
s critical for collaborative research. It
will also provide access to technology platforms to scientists from other institutes and industry.
The extramural collaborations will have provisions for adjunct professorships, visiting professor
programmes and sc
ientist exchange programmes

etc
.




RRUs

CoE

CoE

RRUs

CoE

RRU’s

Other

Stakeholder

Entities

Other

Stakeholder

Entities

Other

Stakeholder

Entities

Other

Stakeholder

Entities

Other

Stakeholder

Entities

Other

Stakeholder

Entities








UNESCO

Center


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OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE UNESCO CENTER:

The Centre will have the provisions for
Visiting Professorship for Indian Nationals &

International Scientists
,
Adjunct Professorship, Stanford
-
India Bio
-
design Programme, Re
-
entry
Grant and Young Investigator Awards.


CENTRALIZED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM:



The platform technologies will be available in the areas of




Large

Scale Sequencing,



Genetic Analysis,



Proteomics,



R
NAi,



Imaging,



Chemical Biology,



Bio Bank etc.

T
his centralized science and technology platform is expected to provide service to the scientists
of the research divisions of health science & technology, and provide support to the training
activities of the UNESCO Centre and other research institutes in
the country.

In due course it will develop liaison with national and international databases and consortia
in order to contribute to global scientific resources.




TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT AND ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT UNIT:



The infrastructure of t
his unit will have ready to use laboratory space for extramural
scientists for innovative & translational
research projects
. In partnership with the
Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), GMP units for cell based
therapy and vaccine

will be made. The faculty of this unit will have skills in technology
transfer, IP managements, finance and enterprise creation.


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Biotechnology Cluster:
a locus for Discovery, Innovation, and Education
Health Science
Technology
Center
A multidisciplinary,
multiprofessional
research and training
institute, highly
interconnected with
regional centers of
excellence
UNESCO Center for Biotechnology Education and
Research
Academic Council
Degree
-
granting
authority
Oversee degrees
developed by
I
-
HST, UNESCO
Academy etc.
UNESCO Academy
for industry relevant
education and
training
Portfolio of training
programs serving
the regional
workforce needs
Research Center
Disciplinary
research efforts in
mission
-
critical
areas
Nanoscience and
Technology Unit

Animal Facility

Library

Auditorium
Technology/ Scientific
platform

Large scale sequencing

Genetic analysis

Proteomics

RNAi

Imaging

Chemical Biology

Bio Banks
Research Resources
Translational
Center
Preclinical ,clinical
and product
development in
partnership with
other stakeholders
and industry
Translational Health Science
Technology Institute










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Organization Structure
:








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Administration &
F
inance

U
nit:



This unit will provide administrative, financial, engineering and other support services
to the Centre. Services like security, housekeeping, office attendants, operation & maintenance
of services will be outsourced to firms who provide manpower
on contract.


Location:



The Centre will be situated in a picturesque location in Faridabad about 25 km from
New Delhi (40 minute drive) in the academic and research ambience of the Life Sciences Cluster
and an adjacent R & D Centre of another Ministry of

the Government of India to be set up in
the near future.


The site is also close to other renowned institutions like the All India Institute of
Medical Sciences (AIIMS); Indian Institute of Technology (IIT); International Centre for
Genetic Engineering
& Biotechnology (ICGEB); Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU);
National Institute of Immunology (NII); National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), with
whom the centre is likely to establish netwo
rk and collaborative programmes, are also situated
within 20
-
30km
ra
dius
of the centre.
















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Map of India



















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Map
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Location Map







Site for the Centre











SITE FOR
UNESCO
CENTRE


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Eve
nts/Meetings:




Meeting

with National Experts
was
held on May 18, 2007
.





A
n interactive meeting on the UNESCO Centre was jointly organized by DBT and
UNESCO on June 18
-
19, 2007 at New Delhi to discuss the focus, activities,
organizational structure and lin
kages of the proposed Centre.



The meeting was attended by
e
minent scientists, educationists, policy makers

and stakeholders from the
members countries
,
counties of
the South East Asian

Region
as well as by

representatives from the industries as well.



The experts nominated by UNESCO provided insights into global partnerships

and benefit
-

sharing especially with regard to guest/visiting faculty, fellowships

and participation of member countries.


Meeting held on June 18
-
19, 2007 at New Delhi











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A meeting was organized with Boston University delegation, USA, led by its
President
-

Prof. Robert Brown, towards developing partnerships for education,
training and research with the UNESCO Re
gional Centre for
Biotechnology
Training & Education
and Translational Health Science & Technology Institute
(THSTI) in New Delhi on September 25, 2007
.




C
urrent Status:



An Interim Advisory Committee (IAC) has been constituted to provi
de S
cientific
and
A
cademic directions.



A
Management C
ell has been created at NII, New Delhi to address the interim
issues



Initiatives

for
collaborations/
partnerships with international
institutes/
universities
ha
ve

been
started.


MoUs have been signed with Stanford and Bost
on University.



Actions have been initiated for revised Cabinet approval, Legislative Bill for Act of
Parliament, constitution of various committees, web
-
design, building construction
etc.


For
further information, please contact:

S. SINHA

Adviser/ Scientis
t 'G'

Medical Biotechnology Division
-
I
I

Department Of Biotechnology

Ministry Of Science & Technology

Block
-
2, 8th Floor,

C.G.O. Complex, Lodhi Road,

New Delhi
-
110 003
, India

Telefax:
91
-
11
-
24363760

Fax:
91
-
11
-
24362884

Email:
urc.dbt@gmail.com